Institute of Education


What if… we wanted all kids to love maths?

Start: Jun 12, 2018 05:45 PM
End: Jun 12, 2018 07:00 PM

Location: Jeffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Watch a replay of the debate here.

We use maths in every aspect of our lives. We need numeracy at work, as citizens to make sense of economic news, as patients to understand risks, as consumers to work out the best deal; the list goes on.

But it’s something that as a nation we’re not good at, and poor numeracy costs individuals and the UK dearly. And despite this, it remains acceptable to say – boast even – ‘I’m no good at maths’. Why do so many of us struggle with maths at school, and what can schools and parents do so that more children grow up enjoying this subject and confident in their use of numbers? Can we learn anything from other subjects, or other countries?

We’ve asked leading experts: if you were schools minister, what steps would you take to resolve this problem?

Join us in the debate with a host of fantastic speakers including:

  • Dame Celia Hoyles, DBE, OBE, Professor of Mathematics Education, UCL Institute of Education
  • Tom Francome, Lecturer in Secondary Mathematics, University of Birmingham
  • Jeremy Hodgen, Professor of Mathematics Education, UCL Institute of Education
  • Craig Barton, teacher and creator of mrbartonmaths.com
  • Chair: Becky Francis, Director, UCL Institute of Education


This event is free to attend and is open to all UCL staff, students and the general public.

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The IOE Public Debates: What if… series

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Through this series we’ll be bringing together a range of commentators – academics, politicians, practitioners, policy wonks – and pushing them to bring some radical new thinking to some of the apparently intractable issues within education, not least the English education system.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #IOEDebates.

IOE Public Debates will be streamed live via UCL Live. The video recording and a podcast will be available online from IOE Public Debates following the series.

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